There is a saying in Philadelphia that as Jimmy Rollins goes so do the Phillies.
The same can be said for the Phillies’ on-ice counterparts. The Flyers beat the New York Islanders 7-0 thanks to their captain Claude Giroux’s breakout performance.
Giroux finished the game with two goals and an assist after scoring just one goal in the last 14 games prior to Monday’s matinee in Long Island. He made his presence known right off the bat, scoring 26 seconds into the game.
Peter Laviolette changed up the lines yet again to try and spark the anemic offense. He paired Giroux with Matt Read and Jakub Voracek and boy, did he find a perfect match.
The first line combined for a total of 10 points, Read scoring his team-leading seventh goal and Voracek finishing with a career-high four points.
Every facet of the Flyers game seemed to click. Ilya Bryzgalov was finally awarded for his consistent play with his first shutout of the 2013 season. The Flyers did a great job in clogging up the path to Bryz, with only 19 shots getting through.
The Flyers’ penalty-kill was the lone bright spot of the otherwise dismal road trip so far and it was no different against one of the top power-play units in the league. The Islanders failed to capitalize on four power plays, including a two-minute five-on-three in the first period.
Danny Briere also notched two goals and Zac Rinaldo scored his first on the season thanks to the speedy legs of Harry Zolnierczyk. Briere’s first goal came on the power-play in the third period after Brayden Schenn cashed in on the man-advantage in the second.
The Flyers answered many of their critics with their dominating performance over the Islanders but we have seen flashes of brilliance in the past. On January 26, the Flyers put a 7-1 pounding on the Florida Panthers only to lose 5-1 against Tampa Bay the next day. They went on to lose the next two.
Let’s hope the Flyers can muster at least half of the effort they exuded today when they head to Pittsburgh to finish their six-game road trip Wednesday night.